Weekly Photo Challenge – Thankful

Mount Evans Goat by Cathy Ulrich

There are so many things for which I feel thankful. But I chose this photo because it portrays my love of the outdoors, my beautiful Colorado mountains and the amazing wildlife that I get to enjoy here. This shot was taken at the summit of Mount Evans west of Denver. These Mountain Goats live in the high alpine tundra and are often seen in the area. They were climbing around on the abandoned visitors center at the summit.

Cathy

21 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Thankful

  1. boomiebol says:

    What an incredible shot to capture

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  2. robincoyle says:

    That guy needs to fire his barber!

    Cool shot.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Yeah, he does have a bit of rough haircut! I guess they shed their whole fleece in the summer so what you see in the shot is the remnants of that. They look so soft and fuzzy, I’d love to pet one, but they’re wild and I guess that’s probably a bad idea.

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  3. Oh boy, don’t let my dad see this. He’ll want to take it home – he loves goats. 🙂

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  4. I’ve never seen a goat like this—what a handsome fella! (or pretty lady, it’s hard to tell)

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  5. Wow, great shot Cathy! Would the caption read, “Hurry up, take your picture. I’m not posing all day for you”? That’s what the urban wildlife I shoot in NYC usually say to me. I’ve yet to get a good shot of a rat. Pigeons and squirrels are more cooperative.

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  6. I love the way he is looking out, with both eyes, not the prey-animal one eye, one side of the head to get a full view around. The head lowering in primate body-language is submission, but in a horned animal may mean something else.

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  7. vyvacious says:

    It looks like he has wings!! 🙂

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  8. diannegray says:

    What a beautiful shot! I love the way he’s losing his old hair – I wish my big dog would do that so I didn’t have to shave him 😀

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Dianne! Yes, wouldn’t that be great if dogs could “shave themselves” like this goat does? It is interesting how they lose the whole outer layer in the summer. They live in one of the harshest environments in the world – very cold in the winter so I guess it makes sense that they would shed the whole winter coat at one time. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting, Dianne.
      Cathy

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  9. jolynproject says:

    Great job. I would be nervous to get near one. Are they gentle animals? The goat does seem to like the camera….posed and everything. lol

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  10. russtowne says:

    Wow! Great subject, location, and shot, Cathy!
    Russ

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